It was reported yesterday that one of the frontrunners for “Spider-Man”, Tom Holland was showcasing his parkour skills on Instagram when he posted some videos of himself doing a couple of flips. After having been confirmed as the next “Spider-Man”, Tom definitely must be on cloud nine. The process to choose an actor for the web slinger role was even more exciting.
According to Yahoo! Movies, the whole process started with a unique collaboration of Disney owned Marvel and Sony Pictures who earlier could not really reach an agreement earlier since the previous versions of “Spider-Man” movies were made by Sony and the character hails from the world of Marvel. When things finally started to get going, about 1500 actors auditioned for the role and ultimately both Marvel and Sony enlisted the help of casting director Sarah Finn who has earlier worked on several Marvel movies to bring down the list to six actors. Asa Butterfield, Charlie Rowe, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer, Judah Lewis along with Holland himself were short listed for a screen test. Since producers wanted to show Peter Parker as someone who is in high school the above mentioned actors fit the bill. This was not a normal screen test since the young actors who were in the range of 14 to 19 years old had to give the test with none other than Robert Downey Jr. who plays Tony Stark/Iron Man in the franchise.
Tom is said to be the only actor who gave a screen test with both Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans who plays Captain America. The producers were looking for the perfect chemistry that would be seen in the upcoming movie “Captain America: Civil War” between the young web slinger and the senior Avengers. Tom who later emerged as the final choice was informed about the decision about 24 hours back and the negotiations started. Tom will now be portraying the role of the web slinger in a new “Spider-Man” trilogy after debuting in “Captain America: Civil War”.
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